There are more than 370,000 children who are orphaned in Guatemala.
68% of all children in Guatemala live below the poverty line. Guatemala’s poverty is highest in remote areas with little access to quality education and good nutrition.
5,000 girls under the age of 15 become pregnant every year, and 8 out of 10 women are victims of abuse or exploitation.
75% of all children attending school in Guatemala will drop out after sixth grade, and only 4% will graduate from high school.
Orphan Outreach responds to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala in 5 ways:
We provide safe, nurturing support for young adults as they leave orphanages and navigate the transition to independent living.
We provide restoration and security to children whose lives have been ravaged by neglect, abuse, and exploitation.
We invest in community outreach programs that strengthen and preserve families in high-risk, impoverished areas. These programs provide nutritious meals, access to Christian education, quality counseling and mentoring, and urgently needed medical care.
We equip students and their families with the resources needed to continue their educational journey through junior high and high school.
We provide Christ-centered therapeutic support for children and young adults with disabilities.
Our Ministry Programs
CadaNiño is an outreach center providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for children in some of the most at-risk communities throughout Guatemala. Students attending the after-school program receive access to computer training, tutoring and mentoring, nutritious snacks, and the power of the Gospel.
Family Strengthening, Educational Support
The Aging Out Initiative in Guatemala provides mentorship and training for teens and young adults who have been part of the country's traditional orphan care system. Without a creative and individualized safety net of care to address their specific needs, the odds of living fulfilled, independent lives are not in their favor.
Educational Support, Transitional Support
The Outreach Center in Chimaltenango is a Christian community-based program serving the children and families living in extreme poverty in the city of Chimaltenango, many of whom work in the city dump. Physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual support is provided through wraparound care that includes a Montessori program for pre-school students, an after-school program for elementary students, tutoring program for secondary students, and family care program providing help with essentials like food and medicine, clean drinking water and safe stoves designed to improve the quality of life.
The Down Syndrome Association of Guatemala (also known as Down Guatemala) provides therapeutic care and education to children with Down Syndrome, serving children and families in Guatemala City. The ministry provides early intervention training for families, as well as adaptive programs specialized to best serve the unique needs of children of all ages at the Down Syndrome School.
Educational Support, Therapeutic Care, Family Strengthening, Humanitarian Aid
In the Lake Atitlan communities of Santiago and Cerro de Oro, Orphan Outreach provides essentials of care to preschool, elementary, and secondary students and their families with quality Gospel-centered education, technology training, tuition support, nutrition, and more.
Community Outreach, Partnership, Medical Care, Family Strengthening
The Home for Girls and Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence in Quezaltenango provides sanctuary and basic care for girls and young women rescued from sexual exploitation and trafficking. A large percentage of the teens at the home are either pregnant or are caring for their infants. While the average stay at the home is three to six months, some residents remain because there is no safe place to return.
Therapeutic Care, Educational Support, Humanitarian Aid